Michael Fabiano | Tags: Chaz Schilens, Chris Chambers, Darren McFadden, Fred Jackson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Lee Evans, Legedu Naanee, Malcolm Floyd, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bush, Terrell Owens, Tom Brady, Trent Edwards, Zach Miller
The biggest storyline from Monday night was the evident decline of LaDainian Tomlinson, who looked slow, weathered and could be questionable for Week 2 with a sprained ankle.
But that wasn’t the only thing that caught my eye.
WR Chris Chambers no longer warrants fantasy consideration. He was an enormous disappointment last season and was held without a single catch in the opener. Reserve WRs Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee have more value.
This game wasn’t all bad from a fantasy perspective, though. RB Darren McFadden looks fast and elusive, and I love his potential this week against the Chiefs. RB Michael Bush, who started the contest, also has added value out of the Oakland backfield. Even when RB Justin Fargas returns from a hamstring injury.
Pick up TE Zach Miller off the waiver wire. He was the most reliable option in the team’s pass attack and will continue to be prominent in the offense even when Chaz Schilens returns. Miller is available in 33 percent of NFL.com leagues.
Lost in the incredible comeback orchestrated by QB Tom Brady (by the way, he hasn’t lost a thing after knee surgery), was the performance of Bills RB Fred Jackson. He caught five passes, recorded 140 scrimmage yards and scored a touchdown in the game.
Jackson is a viable No. 2 fantasy back this week against the Buccaneers. He could make it difficult for Marshawn Lynch to make a major fantasy impact upon his return from a three-game suspension.
QB Trent Edwards also had a good night, throwing for 212 yards and two touchdowns against what was supposed to be a stout Patriots defense — without major contributions from WRs Terrell Owens or Lee Evans. Owens didn’t catch a pass until the third quarter.
Despite his statistical success, Edwards didn’t take enough chances downfield. That should change against the Bucs, who were burned for three long touchdowns in a loss to the Cowboys.
Owens isn’t an elite fantasy receiver anymore, but he should still be active in Week 2.